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University at Buffalo, SUNY

October 30, 2018

Department of Architecture, University at Buffalo.

Assistant Prof. Jin Young Song.presented ‘Flutter Fin’ at the international conference Advance Buildng Skins in Bern,Switzerland n October 2018. His proposal for a façade prototype has been designed to harness electrical energy from the building envelope and shares insights on the potential of elastic instability in the building industry. The Conference contributed to multi-disciplinary design and integrated planning approaches to reducing the energy consumption of buildings and brought together architects, engineers, scientists, and fabricators from around the world.

Professor Edward Steinfeld, Distinguished Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, was a keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Utah AIA in Salt Lake City on September 21. His lecture was entitled ‘Beyond the ADA: Practicing Universal Design’. He was also a guest speaker at the School of Architecture at Hasselt University in Belgium where he presented ‘Increasing Adoption of Universal Design’

The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access at UB has been approved for a five year cycle for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation. The prime grantee of the $5million grant is the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. The Center’s work will include research on accessibility of automated vehicles in partnership with major automobile manufacturers and SAE mobility companies. . 

Assistant Professor Erkin Ozay organized the symposium ‘Strategies of Empowerment: A survey of Emerging Urban Practices in Weak Market Cities’ at UB in October. The panelists included Daniel D’Oca (Harvard, GSD), Jennifer Goold (Neighborhood Design Center, Baltimore), Patty Heyda (Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts), and Marc Norman (University of Michigan, Taubman College).

Assistant Professors. Erkin Ozay and Nic Rajkovich directed a team of graduate students from UB’s Urban Design Graduate Research Group in the Mid-West Urban Design Charrette in Toledo, Ohio from October 5-7. The team of faculty and students worked with peers to develop proposals for the revitalization of the Junction Neighborhood.

Assistant Professor  Julia Jamrozik’s “Growing up Modern – Oral History as Architectural Preservation’ was published in JAE Vol.72 alongside photographs by Adjunct Assistant Professor Coryn Kempster.

Assistant Professor Julia Jamrozik, Adjunct Assistant Professor Coryn Kempsterand Adjunct Instructor Virginia Melnyck were selected designers of installations for PLAY/GROUND – the transformation of a former school in Medina, NY..

Associate Professor Joyce Hwang gave the lecture ‘Architect as Advocate: Living among Pests’ at the Daniels School, University of Toronto.

Professor Bran Carter was an invited speaker in the Toronto Public Library Culture & Arts Program on October 18. The title of his lecture was ‘Ancient + Modern – I.M.Pei’. 

UB NOMAS Chapter was awarded first prize in the 2018 NOMAS Design Competition in Chicago in October. The Chapter, which includes undergraduate and graduate students, developed a proposal entitled ‘Roots’ that advanced ideas for urban agriculture in Woodlawn. This was their third consecutive award in this national design competition that is held annually.

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